Uttam Kumar Reddy, the President of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC,) on the 10th of January, demanded the Telangana Government clarify its stand regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Act [CAA,] 2019.
Mr. Reddy asked K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, to clarify why he is not announcing the Telangana Rahstra Samithi (TRS) is not going to implement the CAA.
Introduced by the Central Government, the CAA promises citizenship to persecuted refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Refugees who belong to the Buddhist, the Jain, the Christian, the Parsi, the Hindu and the Sikh communities and have been residing in India since or before the 31st of December, 2014, would be given Indian citizenship.
Uttam Kumar Reddy, who is against the Act as it excludes Muslims, during a live interaction on Facebook with Congress workers, said the Indian National Congress (INC) is demanding an answer from KCR. He said the INC in Telangana asked for a special Telangana Assembly session to discuss and pass a resolution rejecting the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC.)
Uttam Kumar Reddy questioned why KCR did not announce the TRS would not accept the CAA if he is against the Act. He asked when chief ministers of states like Kerala, Odisha, Bihar, Punjab and West Bengal could take an independent stand, why did KCR not do it as well.
The TPCC chief also asked Asaduddin Owaisi, the President of the All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM,) to speak up and explain KCR’s silence. The AIMIM President and Chief Minister KCR share a good bond and the TRS and the AIMIM leaders have mutual understanding.
KCR is yet to respond to the questions of TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy.
Meanwhile, the Government of India, on the 10th of January, issued a notification and implemented the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
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